Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Packing: Camel, grey, & scarves

I get a LOT of questions about what to wear with specific scarves.  It's really easy to walk into a store (not necessarily Hermes!), fall into temporary insanity over a scarf, and take it home...  where it languishes unworn and unloved.  These kinds of questions are among my favorites; I'm a long-time believer that nothing can elevate the look of simple clothes like some "silk jewelry."

And I'm growing very infatuated with camel & grey...




Silk scarf - Hermes, pashmina – Barneys
Tee shirt - Hugo, cardigan – Ralph Lauren, earrings – Monica Vinader, watch – Relic, pants – Derek Lam, loafers – Tod’s, bag – Mulberry, suitcase - Tumi 
Necklace – BCBG Max Azria, dress – Yves Saint Laurent, drop earrings – Banana Republic, clip earrings - Vaubel, pumps - Coach, camel hair sweater – Jil Sander, skirt – Raxevsky, cardigan – Vince,  silk blouse – Equipment,  tee shirt – Christopher Kane, ballet flats – Stuart Weitzman

32 comments:

  1. I too love camel and grey! That is a beautiful hermes scarf. Do you know what it's called?

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    1. I don't know, but it's currently on the Hermes website...
      Janice (the enabler!)

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    2. tous les bateaux du monde, je crois

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    3. elle a raison! comme toujours, je pense...

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    4. Tours Les Bateaux du Monde

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  2. Ah, lovely! Just what I needed on this dreary day -- proof that even at the sad, tail end of winter, there are beautiful outfits to be worn.

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  3. I wear a lot of gray and you've just convinced me that I need to get some camel into my life. It needs to be just the right tone... but it must be done!

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  4. Janice, this is beautiful!
    I think the caption on your second "in the bag" picture is incorrect though.

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    1. You're entire right - I don't remember most of the brands! I'll update from my notes when I get home later tonight. Sorry for the brain-dead moment...

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    2. ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS, AS USUAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Liane :)

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  5. This is my all-time favorite color combination for mix-and-match travel and easy dressing. There's no shade of gray that doesn't go with every conceivable shade of camel/gold/yellow. I usually choose a more golden camel than this, but I love, love, love these outfits. What pleasure as always to take these in, Janice, and what consolation. I just glanced at the current spring J Crew catalogue with its perverse combinations of intentionally clashing prints ("pop" was the euphemism invoked by the copy reader)and all the more appreciated your chic, classic, coordinating but never too matchy-matchy and intriguing way with a scarf, a shoe, a perfect watch band.

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  6. Yeah!!! My favorite travel combination. I'm so excited to see this. It's a beautiful collection!

    thanks!

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  7. So chic, so possible. I just bought a grey and camel scarf from Madewell and will use this post as inspiration. Just need a camel cardigan- shouldn't be too hard to find.

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  8. Lovely! And what perfect timing. I'm determined to do a wardrobe upgrade, and gray and camel are two of the neutrals I'm focusing on. They both look beautiful with blue- my color- and now I know they're "Vivienne Files" approved!

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  9. I once saw a woman on State Street (glimpsed from the window of my bus, headed for McCormick Place) wearing camel and gray. She was stunningly chic.

    On another note, can I just say that I always love your presentations, even when they aren't 100% perfect for me for whatever reason. Moreover, some of the recent messages re: the LLBean selections made me think of the great Dr. Johnson's statement: "Every book is not for every reader."

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  10. I look forward to reading your blog and am always inspired. Looking forward to warmer weather ahead. How about putting together a beach vacation wardrobe using black and white plus a color???

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  11. Until I saw this post, I never realized that camel and gray map to gold and silver.

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  12. Such a classy color combo. A wonderful way to move away from my usual black. You showed a statement necklace and the silk scarf in a couple of the combos. Would you somehow wear these together or maybe tie the scarf on the handbag handle or.....?

    Thanks for all the great ideas. Still think you should publish a book.

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    1. I'd possibly wear them together - the scarf loose around my shoulders with the necklace?

      And I'd LOVE to publish a book - I need to find a retailer or a manufacturer to be my partner, so I have right to images that I can use. I could use an illustrator, but I'd prefer to use images of REAL things...

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  13. Perfect as always Janice. Love your styles! Could a cool colour person get away with this?

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    1. Yep - I might swap out the camel pashmina for a camel one, and maybe a camel skirt and a grey sweater, rather than camel sweater and grey pants? So many options...

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    2. Thanks for your quick reply Janice - that why we all need and love you so much - such simple changes - why could I not have thought of that, yet I didn't! Did you mean swap the camel pashmina for a grey one? Studio desiring Lyn>

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    3. Yes, swap the camel for a GREY (or a GRAY) one... I'm so glad you all understand what I mean, and not what I type!!!

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  14. Swooning over that sailboat scarf....

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  15. I love camel/gray, but I find both colors difficult to wear. I think our coloring is similar (winter-ish)--can you wear those colors?

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  16. Janice, my favorite posts are those in which you include scarves. They teach me a lot. AND, I love it when you include Hermes scarves even though I only have one of them. They are lovely. Please keep using them in your posts!

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  17. I love, love, love, this combo! One of my favorites that you have done!You are such an inspiration! Thank you!

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  18. The problem with camel and grey arises when the grey is too pale and the camel tends towards beige......if worn near the face these colours can be very unflattering for many complexions. The trick is to go for the richer hues.

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  19. How do you know what neutrals suit you? I always wear black, but I want to change to something lighter, but don't know what to go for. can any readers give any advice on how to work out what colours suit you? thanks. Love the blog, I read it every day and it's amazing.

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  20. This grey and camel combo is my template- team it with a pale/powder blue as well and you have a palette that works for every season.

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  21. ooh thank you. I just bought this scarf, my first Hermes. I will study and learn from this posting.

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